Archive for August, 2016

‘A garden we call Eden’ – Famous Decatur garden designer Ryan Gainey remembered

Posted by August 31, 2016

By Mariann Martin, contributor  Ryan Gainey was a world-famous garden designer, a poet and a writer, a man who could weave almost magical spells over plants and flowers. But at his memorial on Wednesday night, his friends and family remembered him for his love, his kindness, his passion for life, and the way he touched […]

MARTA overpass mural design lauded at public meeting

Posted by August 31, 2016

By Duo-Wei Yang, contributor  The MARTA overpass mural concept was met with enthusiastic acclaim when revealed at an Aug. 31 public meeting at Ebster Recreation Center. Sarah Seaton-Todd who works for the Decatur Arts Alliance says that she “absolutely loves it.” “I think it’s just abstract enough to be modern,” she said, “It’s not rough or blocky. […]

Dear Decaturish – I oppose Governor Deal’s Opportunity School District

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 31, 2016

We accept letters to the editor. Letters to the editor are opinions of the authors of the letter, not Everyone has an equal opportunity to submit a letter to the editor. So if you read something here and don’t like it, don’t jump on our case. Write a letter of your own. All letters […]

Decatur residents can now text 911

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 31, 2016

The Decatur Police Department says residents now have the ability to text 911 instead of dialing the number when there’s an emergency. “Thorough testing has been conducted and Text to 9-1-1 is live, for the public inside the City limits of Decatur,” Lt. Jennifer Ross said. “Texting to 9-1-1 provides accessibility to the hearing and […]

Decatur public art project expanding into Oakhurst

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 31, 2016

Residents of Decatur’s Oakhurst neighborhood will be the target audience for a new series of sculptures that will be installed next month. Angie Macon with the Decatur Arts Alliance says it is the second phase of the Decatur Artway project. The first phase was a series of sculptures placed in downtown Decatur. The sculptures are […]

Intersections – Arlington

Posted by August 31, 2016

By Nicki Salcedo, contributor  The first time I visited Arlington National Cemetery, I was 12 years old. I’d never been in a cemetery before. I’d driven past plenty of graveyards. I knew to hold my breath. There is no way to hold your breath in Arlington. I walked into that vast cemetery feeling hesitant and […]

‘Everybody wins!’ – Tax commissioner tries to resolve confusion about tax payments

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 30, 2016

DeKalb County Tax Commissioner Irvin Johnson says that property tax payments can still be paid in two installments after reports that the commissioner is asking mortgage companies for one payment. Channel 2 Action News first reported language on the Tax Commissioner’s website asking mortgage companies to pay all taxes due at once. One resident told […]

Louisiana Bistreaux opening delayed

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 30, 2016

The opening of Louisiana Bistreaux has been delayed a week due to a technical issue. The Suburban Plaza Cajun restaurant had set an opening date of Aug. 25. The restaurant’s owner now says the restaurant will open on Aug. 31 or Sept. 1. Owner Fred Delawalla said the delay was due to a small “hiccup” with the restaurant’s […]

Agnes Scott ranked in the top 25 liberal arts colleges

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 30, 2016

Agnes Scott College has earned a spot in the top 25 liberal arts colleges in the nation as chosen by “Washington Monthly” magazine. The Decatur women’s college ranked No. 22 on the list. “Now in its eleventh year, the Washington Monthly rankings evaluate colleges and universities on the basis of three kinds of metrics: social […]

Meeting planned to discuss ways to reduce cost of flood insurance

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 30, 2016

Real estate agent Lisa Crowder, who lives in the Medlock Park community, is hosting a meeting for homeowners looking to reduce the costs of flood insurance. “Some of the homes in this area are becoming hard to sell because the flood insurance premiums are so high and I’ve brought together a panel of experts to […]

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